The Northern Animal Welfare Co-operative located in England recently attempted to convince Sunderland city council to cancel a contract the city had with Cleandon Kennels in which the company’s facilities would be used to house stray dogs. The Sunderland Echo reports that the group attempted an online petition campaign that was coupled with photographs allegedly taken by NAWC activists. A statement at the group’s Facebook page says that they approached Cleandon Kennels and offered to paint and upgrade their kennels for minimal cost which the kennel company turned down.
Cleandon Kennels further alleges it has been the target of a hate and misrepresentation campaign stating the group has alleged they mistreat animals in their care. The Sunderland and Tynesdale City Councils issued join statements stating their inspections revealed nothing wrong with the conditions of Cleandon’s facilities. The NAWC’s Facebook page includes numerous photographs that allegedly were taken at the kennel but there is no way to verify this. Furthermore, the history of animal rights groups has been to misrepresent (i.e. lie) and even alter photographs and other media they use to document animals’ conditions in kennels and other facilities.
Back in October, for example, one animal rights activist in New York faces charges for stealing a chickens in order to disrupt a Jewish religious ritual. In another instance, PeTA attempted to have some Kentucky horse trainers brought up on charges of animal cruelty alleging their horse trainings were abusive. State regulators cleared the trainers concluding no wrong doing had occurred and determining the evidence PeTA presented as part of their allegations was altered or non-existent.
The basis of animal rights is an irrational and untrue claim that because animals feel pain like humans that animals should have the same rights as people. However, recent studies reveal that plants (the food of choice for vegans) feel pain as well. Will animal rights groups now turn their attention to rights for plants?